Steven Rice

Steve Rice

Job Title
Professor of Biological Sciences
Integrated Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC) 337
Department/Program: Biology, ESPE

Research interests

Ecology and physiology of mosses and conservation biology


  • Granath, G., H. Rydin, J. Baltzer…and S.K. RICE (and 43 others) 2018. Environmental and taxonomic controls of carbon and oxygen stable isotope composition in Sphagnum across broad climatic and geographic ranges. Biogeosciences 15: 5189-5202, doi:10.5194/bg-15-5189-2018.
  • RICE, S.K., T.A. Gagliardi and R.A. Krasa, 2018. Canopy structure affects temperature distributions and free convection in moss shoot systems. American Journal of Botany 105:1-13, doi:10.1002/ajb2.1145.
  • Hanson, D.T. and S.K. RICE 2014. What can we learn from bryophyte photosynthesis? Chapter 1 in Hanson, D.T. and S.K. RICE (eds.) Photosynthesis in Bryophytes and Early Land Plants. Springer, Dordrecht.
  • RICE, S. K., N. Neal, J. Mango and K. Black 2011. Relationships among shoot tissue, canopy and photosynthetic characteristics in the feather moss, Pleurozium schreberi. The Bryologist 114: 367-378.
  • RICE, S. K., N. Neal, J. Mango and K. Black 2010. Modeling bryophyte productivity across gradients of water availability using canopy form—function relationships. In: Tuba, Z. and N. Slack (eds.), Bryophyte Ecology and Global Change. Cambridge University Press.
  • RICE, S. K., L. Aclander and D.T. Hanson 2008. Do bryophyte shoot systems function like vascular plant leaves or canopies? Functional trait relationships in Sphagnum mosses (Sphagnaceae). American Journal of Botany 95: 1366-1374.
  • Malcolm, G.M., D.S. Bush and S.K. RICE 2008. Soil nitrogen conditions approach pre-invasion levels following restoration of nitrogen-fixing black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) stands in a pine-oak. Restoration Ecology 16: 70-78.

Additional media


Biodiversity (BIO 064), Cellular Foundations of Life (BIO 104), Biology of Plants (BIO 315), Conservation Biology (BIO 322) and Environmental Physiology (BIO 331)

Academic credentials

B.S., Yale University; M.S., Ph.D., Duke University